The all important family holiday, each year this week or two away is a high point of the family calendar, although the desire to mix things up each year can grow. If you are looking to take your family somewhere slightly different to the usual holiday spots, whilst making sure everyone can take part in something active, then the sport friendly south of France may well be the perfect destination for you.
In this scenic part of the French countryside, you can try your hand at a range of sporting activities as well as more sedate excursions for those periods where all you want to do is relax. As well as catering for adults and adrenaline hungry teens, young children can feel as much at home spending a week in the beautiful and sunny southern France countryside with Grandma and Grandpa.
For many children there is very little more exciting than their first ever big camping trip, and it becomes even bigger when that trip is abroad. For parents, the option of camping in the South of France means that you can minimise the risk of a wet and windy week in the great British countryside, famed for its liquid sunshine. All the campsites in the South of France have lots of other children on site meaning that your little ones can play and make new friends. Living outdoors is exciting for any child and will be something they look fondly back on, whether it be pitching their first tent or singing around a campfire.
For those that prefer a relaxing getaway, rather than an action packed activity holiday with lots of running around, you can head to any of the glorious French beaches. If you’re enjoying the luxury life by staying in a stunning villa you can complement this by driving down to the beach early to find your perfect spot. It is always important to remember that you should keep everyone ‘slip, slapped and slopped’ and covered up between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s power is at it’s peak. As for activities at the beach, mum and dad can sprawl out and relax whilst kids paddle in the warm waters, with supervision. You can also try out a number of water sports, with most beaches offering water skiing and sea kayaking, there is then the all time favourite of beach volleyball with the family. Whatever you choose, the beaches can provide it all.
The French Riviera is renowned as a fantastic canoeing spot and for the sporty types it provides the place to learn. It does not matter if you have not been in a canoe before, or if you are a seasoned pro, you can take lessons or just hire a canoe for a leisurely drift down the river. Make sure you take a picnic so that you can stop off on a riverbank and treat the family to the fine French food. For those not too keen on water, horse riding is another popular activity within the region and it provides some of the more incredible views of rural southern France.
The French are famed for their culture and holidaying in the South of France will allow you to dive in and learn about it. Museums are not high on the list of favourite things to do for most children but there will be something that catches their imagination – especially in the bigger cities such as Nice. The museums all display a range of French and global artefacts from a wide period of time and there is also a large number of art galleries showcasing some of the most beautiful and important pieces within the country. With a range of classic, contemporary and international art, there truly is something for all members of the family and a bit of culture can add some educational benefit to the family holiday.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of travel companies, including South France Holiday Villas, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.